What's on in Kent in December?
PUBLISHED: 10:47 05 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:47 05 December 2019
Our selection of top events and diary dates for this month in Kent
OUT & ABOUT
- Bluewater Ice Rink (Until 5 Jan 2020)
Returning to Bluewater is the spectacular outdoor, undercover ice rink. Bigger and better than ever, it features a new separate children's rink, by the lakes next to The Village and under a clear roof. Penguin and seal skating aids are available for little ones and bob skates for those who need to be steady on the ice.
Tickets: www.bluewater.co.uk. Bluewater, Greenhithe DA9 9ST
- Skate at Calverley (Until 5 Jan 2020)
Calverley Grounds will be transformed into the ultimate winter destination for skating, festive food and drink and music. This year sees the addition of a second rink, designed specifically for two to four-year-olds.
Tickets: From £8. Calverley Grounds, Tun Wells TN1 1SJ
- Jane Austen day (11 Dec)
Come and join a celebration of the novelist's life and achievements. The Rev Canon Michael Kenning, Rector of Steventon and lifelong Austen student, will be speaking about words and music and how they are incorporated into the life and work of Jane Austen.
Tickets: £6. St Peter and St Paul, Tonbridge TN9 1DA
- Aladdin (7 Dec to 5 Jan 2020)
Stage legend and panto royalty Christopher Biggins will dust off his frocks and lead the cast of this year's panto. Featuring a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and the timeless Twankey family, audiences will be whisked off on a flying carpet of escapism.
Tickets: £20 to £106. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley BR1 1HA
- Peter Pan (13 Dec to 5 Jan 2020)
Wicked Productions presents a high-flying Peter Pan, where audiences will be 'hooked' thanks to this spectacular laugh-out-loud family pantomime. Never will your swash be more buckled than at this fabulous production!
Tickets: £12 to £62. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge TN9 1JP
- Peter Pan (14 Dec to 5 Jan 2020)
Meanwhile, over in Dartford, EastEnders' baddie Steve McFadden leads the cast as the villainous Captain Hook in this year's swashbuckling family panto. Joining him as the hilarious shipmate Mr Smee will be comedian Andy Ford.
Tickets: £20 to £39. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford DA1 1ED
- Snow White (13 to 30 Dec)
Headlining this glittering family favourite as Prince Benedict will be Thomas Redgrave, who shot to fame on Britain's Got Talent as a member of musical group Collabro. He will be joined by Andre Vincent as Dame Dolly Doolittle, cabaret performer Dave Lynn as the Wicked Queen and Naomi Slater as Snow White.
Tickets: From £13. 01303 228600. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone CT20 2DZ
- Sondheim inspired (4 Dec)
Cosson's third-year students present an evening of Sondheim songs from shows such as Follies, Company and Into the Woods. Exploring the theme of mental health in relationships, we find no one survives unscathed.
Tickets: £5. 01634 338338. The Brook Theatre, Chatham ME4 4SE
- Murder Mystery (7 and 14 Dec)
There's been a murder, the police have drawn a blank, so it's up to you to solve the crime. The evening starts at Tunbridge Wells West Station with a briefing at 18:15 sharp before everyone boards the train, where the story will take a murderous turn.
Tickets: £40. Spa Valley Railway, Tun Wells TN2 5QY
- Murder at the Manor (13 Dec)
Mingle with Lord Hampstead, his family and associates for pre-Christmas drinks around the fire. But someone at the party isn't all they seem. Murder is on the cards, and it's down to you to deduce who is the culprit.
Tickets: £75. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place, nr Tonbridge TN11 8DG